African Americans Essay

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African Americans and Their Fight For Freedom Duane Borchick ETH/125 March 18, 2012 Mona Earnest African Americans and Their Fight For Freedom “African Americans referred to as Black American or Afro-American, and formerly as American Negroes are citizens or residents of the United States who have at least partial ancestry from any of the native populations of Africa”, As is stated in Wikipedia. The African American people of the United States have been the one culture along with the Native Americans that have suffered the most with their coming to the United States.” In the 16th century African slaves rose up against the Spanish explorer Luca Vasquez de Ayllion and have progressed to today with the 44th President Barak Obama. Between these two events there have been events that have been resolved and ongoing, such as slavery, racism, reconstruction, development of the African-American community, participation in the military conflicts of the U.S., racial segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement”, as stated in the Wikipedia. On the site Afro American History it shows, “In 1896 the ruling of Plessy vs. Ferguson which held up “separate but equal” laws which were established by many states held that African Americans were of no concern. Lynching was on the rise as were the laws to stop them from voting.” These laws were in place along with the atrocities that were plagued on the African Americans in order to keep them down. These laws stated that they were not entitled to the rights given a citizen of the United States. Throughout the history of America the black Americans have suffered at the hands of the white population. From being herded onto ships and brought to the America for sale as a slave. Then they were used as seconds in wars were their white owners did not want to fight in. they kept their belief that they would be freed and kept supporting the

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